When I first saw someone do a blind stitch I think my world stopped spinning. Just for a minute. She was sewing white fabric with bright red thread and it didn’t even matter. IT DIDN’T MATTER! (ok, if you’re not a seamstress you definitely think I’m crazy right now. But trust me, this is huge) You couldn’t see even the tiniest hint of thread. I can’t believe the things I did to hide my hand stitching while all alone there was this beauty kicking around. Why didn’t anyone tell me!?
This stitch is known for its use in hand applique and sewing quilt binding. But once you learn it, you’ll find yourself turning back to its invisible beauty over and over again.
It’s really simple. In fact, it’s basically just a teeny tiny whip stitch. But that’s the key- teeny tiny. You see how small those stitches are in the illustration? Well, they’re hugely exaggerated so you can see them. The real stitches really are invisible. Here’s the trick. Let’s say you’re appliqueing a leaf onto a shirt. Secure the leaf in place, then take your needle under the shirt and bring it to the top, catching only 1 or 2 threads of the edge of the leaf (you’ll need to do this on a turned edge- a raw edge will just fray). Then bring the needle straight down, exactly above where you caught that thread, only this time do it right next to the leaf without catching anything. Continue around.
If that sounds intimidating, just try it. I promise, it’s just as easy as a whip stitch.
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